January 22, 2017

Features

On the Persecution of the Assyrian Christians

What shamed me was knowing that, for the third time in my lifetime, my government was turning a blind eye to genocide.

On Valorizing Gay Marriage: A Response to Wesley Hill

A better approach is for us to caution as brothers and sisters in the Lord: We appreciate your faithfulness to Christ in abstaining from sexual immorality and your service of the church through your writings. Yet we are concerned that elements of an un-renewed, fleshly mentality permeate some of your thinking about “gay coupling.”

The Episcopal Church: Undermining the USA from Within (and Betraying Christians)

The Episcopal Church is complicit in a Government program to bring in Muslim refugees from Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, because the Government pays it for them—but its largesse does not extend to Christian refugees.

[Bumped] Promises, Promises: What Now for the Loyal Opposition in Mississippi?

The Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi is on an irreversible path toward full-on celebration and normalization of homosexuality and transgenderism, and any other deviant sexual cause that becomes fashionable among the theological leftists who run the diocese.

Can Rolling Stone get us past the UVA rape of faith to the historical UVA rape?

I harp on Rolling Stone’s UVA rape myth because the irony of an Easter retraction is just too rich.  Journalists used the Christian celebration, one they flippantly discount as myth, as cover for their own lying.  But it’s just one example.

The Drunken Joy Ride of Emotion

Our desires and emotions are to be treated with extreme skepticism. Do not lead with them. I am not at all saying “don’t feel them” or “all emotional experience is bad.” Not at all. This is not Vulcan Christianity or stoicism.

Islamic Atrocities, the “Narrative of Redemption” and Christmas

The events in Sydney over the last 24 hours have not ruined Christmas. Nothing can ruin Christmas - for the coming of Jesus into the World is greater than any other event. If anything, the deaths of 3 people in the Lindt Café only serves to demonstrate just how wonderful and necessary Christmas is.

[Bumped For Very Obvious Reasons] 8.5 Things I Rejoice In This Post-Election Day

5) This isn’t the Episcopal Church. Our country is far juster, far more interested in the rule of law, far more stable, far more popular, far less vicious, and far more conservative. It is completely within our power as conservatives—with God’s help—to transform this country’s political landscape if we so choose. It will be very hard and very long. The next two years will be appallingly painful. Every week or month, we’ll be reminded of the judgement of God—and our challenge will be not to get angry, or despairing, or inactive, but rather to humble ourselves all over again, repent, acknowledge the horrible consequences of our compromises, corruption, passivity, and loss of principle, and continue turning away from the wrong path and seeking the right one.

Restarting the Game: Archbishop Welby Attempts To Hit The Reset Button

It’s not a question of “how will the Communion divide”—that division, albeit internal, has already occurred.  The further question is not “how can we all live together in the midst of our profound disagreements” but is rather “what is to be done with the Provinces which have engaged in intrinsically communion-dividing actions?”

Got Ice Water?

The idea that we shouldn’t be able to indulge in something silly like the ice-water challenge because millions of African children are dying of thirst, says nothing about the wastefulness of Americans, and everything about the utter inability of Africa to take care of itself.

The utilitarian unity of burning at the stake and abortion

The Church thought it was sparing heretics eternal torment by burning them at the stake.  Abortionists tell us they are sparing people from miserable earthly lives.  Both ways, “It’s for their own good.”

Truro Rebirth Credited to Relationship Between the Rev. Baucum and Bishop Johnston

Waypoints

After more than ten years on the front lines of the Anglican wars, I have made a major change. This past Easter vigil, my family and I were confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church.

Is the Creed “the” Sufficient Standard of Orthodoxy?

The Creeds themselves, then, require obedience to Jesus Christ as the One Lord over all things. To profess the Creed but reject the word of God as revealed in the scriptures regarding marriage and sexuality is incoherent.

Stand Firm is 10 Years Old Today

In true Tom Sawyer fence-whitewashing style, I have minions who keep the site humming, while I sit in the shade chewing a blade of grass and complimenting them on their fine efforts.

Three Excuses for Bishop Salmon’s Inexcusable Invitation

Can you imagine what Paul might say to this kind of hair splitting? The Galatians respond to Paul’s letter: “Dear Paul, you wrote that the Judaizers are accursed and eternally condemned and that we ought not to listen to them because they teach a gospel that damns…but how about we let them preach to our pastors in training?

60 Theses on Real Integrity in the Anglican Church

The refusal to affirm a truth (particularly when it is a truth about God) is often just another way of denying it, but without taking responsibility for your denial. This is therefore a double dishonesty which only compounds the deceit.

The Week

Really Cool Picture

CNN has this super cool interactive picture of President Trump’s inauguration available on line.  You can click on the picture and zoom out all the way to the Washington Monument.  There…

A Wave of PC Crashes into a Solid Barrier

4 It was entirely foreseeable, but unavoidable nevertheless. The Sea of Political Correctness, fed since November 9 by the tears of the self-righteous, is now engulfing its devotees and followers. Vainly casting about for safe spaces…

Garbage In, Garbage Out

6 Snowflakes really do come in all shapes and sizes and ages.  This 78 year old snowflake evidently fails to think her tweets through.Those (of us) who could not believe in Christianity…

Echoes of Kristallnacht

4 On November 10, 1938, my first cousin (twice removed) Siegfried Scheuermann was rousted out of his bed, and taken to the synagogue in Freiburg, Germany, where he was the rabbi. He was…

Indignation at Election Interference Depends on Who is Doing the Interferring

1 Many believe that interference in a foreign election is a very bad thing.  That may rely on the old adage, Do as I say, not as I do. Perhaps the…

Valé Mike Ovey

3 Mike Ovey, principal of Oak Hill Theological College in London, has passed away suddenly on Saturday night UK time. Ovey was highly regarded for his strong evangelical convictions and superior…

Decisions Have Consequences

8 Last summer, the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church elected the first openly gay bishop of that denomination. Now, it is finding out that decisions to play ideological games really do have consequences. It…

Spitting Into the Wind

1 Last week the US voted to abstain on a UN vote that traditionally would have been blocked in favor our greatest ally in the Middle East,…

How You Helped Assyrian Christians in 2016

On New Year’s Eve, I was sent an email from the Iraqi Christian Relief Council regarding its work in 2016. Since I know some Stand Firm readers have contributed to these efforts, I thought you’d…

Making a List and Checking It Twice

No, not getting an early jump on next Christmas or a late one for 2016.  It’s time to make those last minute contributions to wonderful charities.  What better way to give thanks for your blessings…

Rejoice!  The Savior is Born!

1 The Greatest Gift  In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration whena Quirinius was governor of Syria.…

Poll Finds Atheism Exceeds Christianity in UK

2 A recent poll in the UK seems to indicate that the number of atheist now exceeds those who believe in God by 10%.The number of Britons who believe in God has…

How Many Ways Did Trump Win the Presidency?

4 Let me count the ways . . . 1. Trump won the election on Nov. 8, by 306 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232. 2. Trump won the recounts in Michigan and Wisconsin, picking up more…

More Failure, Please

1 America has a crisis that only the government can handle. (America always has a crisis that only the government can handle, at least a dozen a day, in fact.) This one has to do with…

How I Became a Persecuted Church Activist

4 Last June, my wife and I went to Northville, Michigan for the annual General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, in which I serve as a pastor. Little did we know that we were also…

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the virginian - Cry Me A River

Jim the Puritan (#9), No, I was in Charlottesville rather than Berkeley on Election Night 1980. Charlottesville is a liberal university town, but it’s not quite as loony as some other similar towns - at…

Jim the Puritan - Cry Me A River

Hmm, Virginian, you weren’t in Berkeley on election night in 1980.  To be fair, I don’t remember any violence or rioting, though.  Those days had largely passed. And the local denizens already thought Carter was…

the virginian - Cry Me A River

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I’m single but I have no problem congratulating engaged couples or praying for their marriages. I just wish churches wouldn’t neglect their unmarried parishioners in the process of promoting and strengthening marriages.

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I hate to imagine what the 2026 version will look like.

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Jeremy Bonner, thanks for the heads up!  This should have been under “Cry Me a River”.  Mea culpa.

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I think you’re commenting on the wrong article dwstroud.

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